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Memphis, Tenn., June 16, 2014 – Southern College of Optometry will open a clinic dedicated to the treatment of dry eye, a condition that affects nearly five million people over the age of 50 in the United States. The TearWell: Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center will be located on the college campus in midtown Memphis. It is set to open July 1, 2014.
"Dry eye is a prevalent issue, especially among older adults," said Dr. Whitney Hauser, TearWell’s clinical director. “The condition is often exacerbated by allergic reactions, making Memphis a tough climate for people suffering from dry eye. That’s one reason we are so proud to open this clinic.”
The new clinic will utilize a cutting-edge treatment called LipiFlow®. After completing an evaluation, patients receiving the treatment will have a gentle, pulsating heat applied to their eyelids to massage out liquefied blockages that often cause dry eye. The procedure takes approximately 12 minutes, and 79 percent of patients report relief within four weeks. The results typically last up to one year.
“We have treated a handful of patients already, and they report remarkable results,” said Dr. Alan Kabat, who will be leading the TearWell’s optometric physicians team. “This is going to be a game-changer for so many people in the Mid-South.”
Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes are not producing enough tears to adequately lubricate and nourish themselves. People suffering from this condition typically do not have enough tears or produce poor quality tears. It is a common, often chronic problem that worsens with age and is often associated with other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problems.
TearWell's website will launch soon; social media users may also follow TearWell on Facebook and Twitter.